What does the politicized National Council of the Judiciary do right after the elections? It selects candidates for the Chamber of Extraordinary Control and Public Affairs of the Supreme Court, which decides on the validity of the elections. The candidates included people who owe their careers to the current government – including Jarosław Dudzicz, whose name was mentioned in the context of the hate scandal.
A sudden acceleration in the National Council of the Judiciary. A week after the elections, the politicized National Council of the Judiciary selects candidates for the Chamber of Extraordinary Control and Public Affairs of the Supreme Court, i.e. the chamber adjudicating on the validity of the elections. – This is pure mockery. This is just a quick shot at filling your own seats, says Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, an independent senator.
The candidates included people who owe their careers to the current government, such as Jarosław Dudzicz, Zbigniew Ziobro’s nominee, who openly admits that he is “a slight Eurosceptic” and praises PiS’s changes in the courts. Dudzicz’s name was mentioned in the context of the hater scandal. The judge is also accused of an anti-Semitic post on the Internet.
– Such a person should never be a judge – says Bartłomiej Starosta, judge of the District Court in Sulęcin, member of the Judges’ Cooperation Forum. – This would be a caricature of a Supreme Court judge – says the spokesman for the Association of Polish Judges “Iustitia”, Judge Bartłomiej Przymusiński.
According to independent judges, in this way the government is trying to place its nominees in the Supreme Court in the final stages. – This may be a desperate attempt to concrete the Supreme Court – says Bartłomiej Starosta.
This is a clear attempt to politically control the court – say the judges and remind them that an attempt to exert political pressure was also the punitive transfer of prosecutors hundreds of kilometers from their homes, just because they criticized the government. This is how Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, among others, was transferred. The decision on her transfer was made by the then national prosecutor, Bogdan Święczkowski, who is currently a judge of the Constitutional Tribunal. However, the prosecutor won in court regarding her criminal delegation. – There was a lot of emotion, but today I am fully satisfied and very happy – comments Kwiatkowska.
Fight for KPO
The emerging coalition promises that there will be no more political pressure on judges and prosecutors. At stake is a law-abiding, democratic country, and therefore also money for KPO. On Wednesday, Donald Tusk flies to Brussels, where he will meet Ursula von der Leyen. The leader of the Civic Platform is to declare a return to the rule of law.
– We will soon have the opportunity to put all this into practice and prove it with our actions – emphasizes Aleksandra Gajewska, MP from the Civic Coalition.
The declarations will be followed by a series of decisions as soon as a new government is formed. The new government coalition is to have the entire package of laws restoring the rule of law ready at the first session of the Sejm. In this matter, he announces a real parliamentary victory. However, the question still remains: what will the president do with these laws?
– The president must remember one thing: 11.5 million Poles voted for the new vision of the rule of law – emphasizes Krzysztof Śmiszek, an MP from the New Left.
The coalition gives itself less than a hundred days to implement the plan.
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